Would you join a militia?
What is a militia?
Dictionary.com defines the word militia as the following:
A body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full-time only in emergencies.
State Militias are the state defensive forces or they used to be however, I think what most people think of when they hear the word Militia are small groups of patriots that get together on weekends and practice military tactics. About 20 states have what are called State Guard and we have even had an article by Keith Pounds on the Prepper Journal explaining the advantages of the State Guards to facilitate regular offices in times of disaster. State guards or militias often help in the community with building projects and blood drives. But I don’t think any of our readers considers passing out water to people impacted by natural disasters as the types of duties and responsibilities of a militia.
Most of the people I run into are talking about militias from the standpoint of a defense against government or terrorism. They are looking for a way to join a group of people who proclaim they are committed to an ideal and in pursuit of that ideal, are taking steps to get ready for a physical confrontation that may one day be necessary. People from all walks of life are joining militias not to pass out water, or survival blankets, but because they feel they will need to employee military tactics to repel an invasion on some front.
Militias aren’t unique to the United States by any stretch of the imagination. Almost every country has some form of militia.
What are some reasons why you should want to join a militia?
On its face, joining a militia seems like a great way to meet others with similar interests, learn skills needed in combat and practice these skills with a group. Many militia groups proclaim to have strict membership requirements and force their members to go through a background screening process but we can’t really ascertain how stringent this process is because each group is vastly different. I do know that there are a lot of people who call themselves militia and they behave in ways that invite unwanted suspicion.
The Hutaree militia was famously arrested in 2010 for the suspicion that they were going to commit a crime. This was brought to life by an FBI informant who had infiltrated the group. They were eventually released and cleared of all charges, presumably because they were completely innocent, except for possession of automatic weapons. Unfortunately, there is a long history of the FBI infiltrating groups and provoking people to acts they probably wouldn’t have even considered absent the influence of FBI agitators.
So let’s lay out a hypothetical scenario. You are an average guy who worries about the way things are heading or maybe you just want to be involved with a group who will defend others if necessary. You believe that the idea of joining a militia force will surround you with a lot of ex-military veterans who are training and practicing for those what-if plans you have been making with your family. You also feel that being included in a larger group like this will help you survive if the SHTF so you start looking around for a militia group in your area.